The Tabs – An acoustic reunion

One of the most successful and well respected local bands of recent years are back, albeit with a slightly different line up.

The Tabs are playing an acoustic reunion gig at the Royal Victoria Hotel in St Leonards on Friday 13th December. Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets are £8 from B&T Music in Claremont, or you can buy them online for £8.80 at: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/247919

For the uninitiated, The Tabs played gigs nationwide between 1990 and 2004, including a slot at the prestigious Fairport Convention Cropedy Festival in 1995 in front of 20,000 people. They also released four critically acclaimed albums during their career.

As to why the band have reformed, founder member Garry Blakeley told me, “In January this year the present acoustic line-up were all at a party with an open mic for anyone who fancied playing. It was suggested during the course of the evening that we play some Tabs stuff (a little risky as it had been a while) but we did. Everyone enjoyed it so we thought it made sense to play a few gigs”

The Tabs have already been lined up for more gigs in 2014, including during the Hastings Jack In The Green festival. There has also been some interest from a few festivals, so watch out for more info.

I asked Garry why this reunion gig was an acoustic affair, rather than a full electric gig that The Tabs were known for? He told me, “Acoustically means that it will be much simpler for setting up a PA etc – much fewer sound problems to deal with and we know that the music still works really well.”

The band are planning to record any gigs that they play with the view to, possibly, releasing an album in due course.

I’m not a huge fan of band reunions, as they are often done for all the wrong reasons. But this is one that I’m certainly looking forward to.

Some reunions are just better than others.

http://www.garryblakeley.co.uk/

Promoters and Venues

Here at Pierless Music we often get emails from original bands and artists wanting us to help them get gigs in the Hastings area. I get many personal requests as well.

Although a lot of these musicians are from outside of our Pierless Music catchment area, we’d like to be able to help them if we can. After all, they do want to play in Hastings.

The styles of music played by these artists ranges from Heavy Rock, via Indie to solo Folk singers and much inbetween.

So, we’d like to hear from any local gig promoters and venues that would be happy to receive forwarded emails from the bands and musicians that contact us.

If you’re interested, please contact us via andy@pierlessmusic.co.uk and we’ll put you on our list.

If you wish to tell us which types of music you’re looking for, that’s fine by us. That way we’ll try and make sure you only get emails for those artists that may interest you.

Here’s a video from one such singer/songwriter, from Eastbourne, who contacted us today. Well worth watching I think.

The Live Room

I think most of us would agree that music television isn’t what it once was.

With the notable exception of ‘Later…. with Jools Holland’, there really is nothing on mainstream TV these days to compete with the likes of The Tube, Old Grey Whistle Test, or even Top Of The Pops from days gone by.

Ok, so you can watch music videos to your hearts content, but that’s not the same as seeing a band, or act, playing live is it?

Thankfully the rise of the Internet, and sites such as YouTube, has enabled budding TV executives to go it alone and do it themselves.

Once such local man doing just that is producer Harvey Summers, who we have featured on the Pierless Music site before.

Harvey has just uploaded the second recorded session, called ‘The Live Room’, to his own Broadoak Studios YouTube channel.

This live session features local bluesman John Pearson, very ably backed by The Outriders, who are Sacha Trochet and Jem Turpin. If you like a bit of authentic blues, then I suggest you give the video a viewing.

When I asked Harvey why he had started this venture he told me, “The idea had been rattling around my head for a couple of years until eventually everything came together and I was able to go ahead. My thinking was that I love seeing musicians perform, and I love a great sound!”

“Also, nice interesting visuals help and atmosphere is key also. Nothing seemed to exist to satisfy my wants! There’s Later with Jools, and Live lounge etc, but apart from being a bit corporate and exclusive, they don’t have either vibey atmospheric surroundings nor a very interesting sound”

“I also wanted to create the opportunity to showcase some of the amazing talent there is around, but that doesn’t get a look in by the mainstream media”

A man after my own heart.

The plan is for ‘The Live Room’ sessions to be recorded and uploaded as near to monthly as possible. All sessions are filmed and recorded live at Harvey’s own Broadoak Studios. The next session, which features Claire Hamill, has already been recorded and is now at the editing stage.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Claire and her doing a live session for my recent radio shows on Carnival FM and if the quality is anything as good as that, we’re in for a treat.

When asked about future shows Harvey said, “Future shows look promising too! We’ve got Jemima Price (a singer Sacha Trochet works with) and Zoe Konez is also interested. And, I’m very pleased to hear that Danny Thompson can’t wait to come and do a show with us too! And who he performs with is going to be very interesting!

“If time allows, we may do a kind of Christmas special too, featuring a few different acts. I’ll be talking to a really wide range of musicians from all styles about it, some totally unknown, some very well-known!”

As for the criteria for the sessions, Harvey’s idea “Is to go for variety, no two shows will be the same – so choosing who to feature is guided by a few things, firstly, are they interesting performers? Secondly, is the quality right up there? and then, are they different, are they saying something in a unique way?”

We wish Harvey well with this venture. It’s good to see some of our areas great musicians playing and talking about the music that they love, or that they’ve written themselves.

Here’s to many more episodes of ‘The Live Room’. I, for one, will certainly be watching.

 

Zucchini

2013 is rapidly turning into the year of the reformation. The reformation of local bands that is.

Latest to join this ever growing list are rockers Zucchini, who are getting back together for a one off gig at Flairz, in Hastings on Saturday 23rd November.

I can remember seeing Zucchini several times during their heyday of around 2004 at such venues as The Crypt and I’m sure I’m not alone. I even remember playing their music on Hastings Rock as well. They were a good live band back then, so it promises to be a great night and one to help relive many past memories.

Gig entry is free and doors open at 8pm. See the Facebook Event page for more details:

https://www.facebook.com/events/170239399837984/

Support on the night is provided by Star Scream, Jetpack Elastic and Anal Dave.

The band told me they felt that the time was right for a one off renunion. And as far as I’m aware, there are no plans for further gigs, or recordings.

This gig is also aiming to raise money for the Cancer Research UK charity, a very worthy cause. Any donations will get you a copy of Zucchini’s 2004 album ‘Fallen Star’, which can’t be bad.

I think I’m going to have to dig out my own copy to refresh my memory in time for the gig.

It’s been a while.

SMART

We all know that Hastings has a great music scene these days. But that’s nothing new and now there’s a great Facebook group for all those who remember the local music and bands from the heady days of the 1970’s and beyond.

It’s called SMART, which is an acronym for ‘Seventies Music and Retro Talk’.

You can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/smart70s/

SMART was set up by local music lover Alan Esdaile and as he told me the group was originally started “to post a few of my cuttings and photos of friends in local bands from the 1970′s. But as more people got involved, I realised it needed to be from the 1960′s through to the 1980′s, all with a connection to Hastings”

SMART has since expanded beyond being just a Facebook group covering those decades though.

Alan now arranges regular meet ups of all interested parties. He said “I’ve now set up a coffee and chat group where we can all get together and chat about music, bands, pier talk etc. It’s great that a few musicians are talking about reforming bands and didn’t realise that other people were still as passionate about their music as they are/were.”

If you’re interested in going along and sharing your own memories, the next meet up is on Friday 22nd November in the bar at the White Rock Hotel from 3.30pm.

Alan’s main aim for the group is “Keeping memories alive”, but he needs your help to do that. So, if you have any old photos, flyers, gig tickets or press cuttings etc why not let him know?

As he told me “So many brilliant musicians and different bands locally come and go. But it’s quite sad that photos are kept in a draw or turning yellow in a box in the loft when other people can get so much more enjoyment out of them.”

Let’s not forget, this was a time before the Internet, social media and digital cameras. An age when nobody had a mobile phone in their pocket with which to record and share their personal gig going experience.

You just might have a piece of local music history laying around forgotten somewhere in your house. So why not have a search and see what you may be able to dig up?

SMART also has a family history angle too as Alan told me that he’s had a number of young people contacting him, asking if he has any pictures of their dads, uncles or other family members.

This goes to prove that history isn’t just for the older generation, it is important to everyone and the more of it that is preserved, the better.

The musical history of the Hastings area during the 1960′s/70′s/80′s and 90′s is a particularly rich one. So, it’s good to see somebody like Alan Esdaile trying to help preserve a unique part of our local heritage.

Why not give him a hand?

From the World to Hastings

The more observant amongst you may well have noticed that the slogan for Pierless Music is ‘”From Hastings to the World”. This is meant to highlight our intention to help spread the good word about the amazing original music that comes from the Hastings area.

But sometimes that original local music is influenced and flavoured by the rhythms and sounds from across the world, hence the title of this post.

Two Hastings based bands whose music certainly echoes with the sounds of other continents are The Cajun Dawgs and The Moors.

Formed in 2007, The Cajun Dawgs may well come from the deep south of the UK but, as their name suggests, they play “a mix of Louisiana sounds from hard rocking swamp pop, Zydeco and traditional Cajun Music.”

It’s real authentic stuff too, as you can see from this video:

If you liked that, you can find out more about The Cajun Dawgs and even buy their album “New Dogs, Old Tricks” via their website at: http://www.cajunrockers.com
And if you fancy catching the band live, you’re in luck, as they play the Royal Standard in Hastings Old Town on Friday, 8th November.

Another Old Town band and one this time whose music comes from a different continent, or continents, are The Moors, who formed in 2008.

They describe their music as a “brew (that) includes Balkan music, klezmer, mediaeval Sephardic melodies, Cuban rhythms, jazz, blues, folk and rock music” That’s quite a combination isn’t it? But it all goes together nicely to make for a toe tapping experience.

To listen to the music of The Moors, to buy their self titled album and to find out more info about the band, go to their website: http://www.the-moors.com/

Here’s a taste of their music, along with some photo’s of the band:

I’ve had the pleasure of playing music by both The Cajun Dawgs and The Moors on local radio stations and I think it’s good to see local bands taking music from around the world and giving it a unique Hastings flavour.

Here’s hoping that other acts follow in their musical footsteps, or are already doing so.

Ceyote

It’s Monday, so we thought we’d brighten up the start of your week with a new local video.

Ceyote are one of our favourite young local bands. But unfortunately they have yet to release any ‘proper’ recordings, just demo’s.

Thankfully though a live video has now been made of one of their tracks, ‘Sun’, which is a good substitute for now and does give a decent indication of what Ceyote sound like.

‘Sun’ was recorded during a recent London gig by the band, at The Black Heart in Camden.

If you liked that, you can find out more about Ceyote via their Facebook page at:

https://www.facebook.com/ceyote1

Now you can get on with the rest of your week.